Lightning Bug, 2013 (commonly mistaken for cockroach)
Found cardboard and paper, steel nuts & bolts, watercolor, white glue
part of the series:
Stay tuned for more winged cardboard creatures…..
A few spectacular cardboard costumes sent in, and don’t forget to check out the Flickr pool if you haven’t already!
Cardboard Costume Challenge, a group on Flickr.
Check out these amazing costumes!
Did you make your costume out of cardboard this Halloween? Were you excited and proud?
I’d love to publish your photos here on the blog or link to them, etc. so we can broadcast your cardboard creativity to the entire world!
Please email your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org with permission to post or upload to the Cardboard Costume Flickr board HERE.
Cardboard robots always welcome…….
In case you are just starting your costume, (like me) I wanted to show you that you can still get started with a cool cardboard costume and finish before Halloween (you will have to hustle). Although I’m going as a grasshopper, most elements are the same, I’ll just be dealing with extra legs and antennae…
Just start with long cardboard strips, (mine are a rulers width), and drape them over the shoulders attaching horizontal strips as needed.
You can build a structure pretty quickly on which to start gluing cardboard skirt pieces and armor layers.
The rounded layers on the shoulders above are made by tracing a variety of bowls and plates, cutting them in half, then folding them and gluing them into place.
Really, it’s not about the cardboard though, is it? It’s about trying something new that you have never done before….it can make you sheepish. Well, I’m here to say: You can do this!
My inspiration: these incredible costumes from last year’s challenge:
This morning I got an email that made my heart leap into my green tea……The above pictures attached to an email from newly hatched author illustrator Thyra Heder.
Thyra’s written a new book called, “Fraidy Zoo.” It’s about a family that makes a series of animal costumes (one for each letter of the alphabet) out of cardboard and other household objects in the attempt to find out which animal is scaring the littlest member of the family from going on a trip to the zoo. I was totally inspired by the illustrations and instantly charmed by the creative spirit of the family in the book and had to share it with you!
Just as excitingly, Thyra’s in the process of building the cardboard rhinoceros from the book right now, but you really should visit her blog to see some of the photos she’s posted showcasing some of the other cardboard creations she and her friends have made in celebration of the upcoming launch of the book.
These are the beginnings of the head pieces the girls will wear for their butterfly and moth costumes. We will be attaching antennas and textured cardboard to complete them.